In this post, we examine two YouTube videos by TheQuartering. One discusses multiple articles about major companies turning away from “woke” far left politics, and the other signals the split between Hollywood and communist China. As I have said in other posts, “leftist” is not the same as “liberal”; left wing activists, demagogues, and politicians are phony liberals who use ideology as a smokescreen for nefarious purposes. Consumers may not be able to articulate this, but they reject the pandering and preaching of global corporations.
In the first video we learn about major banks are under the government’s microscope. Wednesday, the executives of JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, Bank Of America, and others, were questioned by members of Congress. Democrats are concerned about the drop in loan issuance to small businesses last year, which is no surprise due to pandemic lockdowns, forcing businesses to close. Democrat senators and representatives should refer to Democrat state governors. Republicans in Congress want to get to the bottom of the banks’ support of left wing causes. Bank execs have criticized election reform and audits, prompting Donald Trump to call for bank boycotts. Banks also support the Paris climate agreement, which is an elite globalist racket that lets China, the biggest polluter of all, off the hook.
The next article in the video is about the ecommerce app Shopify, which businesses and independent entrepreneurs use to build their own online stores. After the January 6 fiasco, Shopify banned Donald Trump from using its platform. Trump’s followers, and many other Americans who want politics out of their business, were irate. Now, Shopify’s CEO Tobi Lutke has turned around, announcing the company behind the app will focus strictly on business and not politics. He warns that political activism inside the company will be put down if it harms users’ ability to use the app successfully. TheQuartering’s host Jeremy then opines about other service providers, mainly credit card companies and online payment processors. They have the ability to cut off the flow of money to anyone they disapprove of, which is a dire political threat. Jeremy doesn’t mention cryptocurrency, but I believe that is a workaround.
In the next video, Jeremy reads a lengthy article by The Hollywood Reporter, detailing Hollywood’s faltering relationship with China. As the world’s most populous country, China is a tempting market for all global corporations. But by trying to do business there, those companies become complicit in the regime’s human rights violations, and get arm twisted into betraying Western values. There has been a communist element in Hollywood since its Golden Age, but it has dropped all subtlety in the last 5 or 6 years. Now that the mask is off, American audiences have moved on, if award show ratings are any indication. The theatre industry is in critical condition because of last year’s lockdowns, and streaming services aren’t as lucrative as studios expected.
The current split between China and Hollywood is not due to Hollywood finding its conscience, but by China being offended by Hollywood’s hackneyed pandering. Oscar winning director Chloe Zhao is a big part of the Hollywood Reporter article. Although she is of Chinese origin, and a liberal in good standing, she now lives in America and is critical of China’s communist regime. Disney tapped her to direct The Eternals, a Marvel property, which they thought would please Chinese authorities. But now Disney has to thread the needle between those authorities and Zhao’s free thinking.
Hollywood studios may be slow to change their ways, but the Hollywood press is sounding the alarm on China’s influence. This might be an overdue response to the growth of independent journalism, found on YouTube, podcasts, and blogs. Corporate media outlets have carried water for the Establishment for years. Could it be the Establishment is losing its grip? This is a very positive sign that ordinary people are finding their power. Thanks to technology, we have so many ways to undercut the old power structure: blogs, cryptocurrency, ecommerce, the Gig Economy, and alternative social media. Corporations lose their power when we don’t depend on them. They must change to serve us.